Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. - Joseph Mellor 1869 to 1938 Chemist
Archimedes’ finding that the crown was of gold was a discovery; but he invented the method of determining the density of solids. Indeed discoverers must generally be inventors; though inventors are not necessarily discoverers. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist
Peter Petroff (1919–2004) Bulgaria – digital wrist watch heart monitor weather instruments.
Jerome H. Lemelson (1923–1997) USA – Inventions in the fields in which he patented make possible wholly or in part innovations like automated warehouses industrial robots cordless telephones fax machines videocassette recorders camcorders and the magnetic tape drive used in Sony's Walkman tape players..
Christopher Polhem (1661–1751) Sweden – the modern padlock.
Abbas Ibn Firnas (Armen Firman) (810–887) Al-Andalus – artificial wings fused quartz and silica glass metronome.
Evgeny Murzin (1914–1970) Russia – ANS synthesizer.
Ottomar Anschütz (1846–1907) Germany – single-curtain focal-plane shutter electrotachyscope.
Charles F. Brush (1849–1929) USA – a.o. Brush dynamo.
Simon Stevin (1548–1620) Netherlands – land yacht.
Richard Hamming (1915–1998) USA – Hamming code.
John W. Mauchly (1907–1980) USA – ENIAC – the first general purpose programmable digital computer.
Katharine B. Blodgett (1898–1979) UK – nonreflective glass.
Nestor Genko (1839–1904) Russia – Genko's Forest Belt (the first large-scale windbreak system).
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845–1916) Russia – probiotics.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988) USA – waterbed.
Johann Maria Farina (1685–1766) Germany; Eau de Cologne.
Georges Lakhovsky (1869–1942) Russia/USA – Multiple Wave Oscillator.
Vladimir Chelomey (1914–1984) Russia – first space station (Salyut) Proton rocket (the most used heavy lift launch system).
Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842) UK – Shrapnel shell ammunition.
Lasse Hessel (born 1940) Denmark – Female condom.
Zénobe Gramme (1826–1901) Belgium/France – Gramme dynamo.
The invention of logarithms came to the world as a bolt from the blue. No previous work had led up to it… It stands isolated breaking in upon human thought abruptly without borrowing from the work of other intellects or following known lines of mathematical thought. ~ John Moulton 1844 – 1921 - Mathematician
All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it and then it becomes trivial. ~ Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937
The chemists are a strange class of mortals impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasures amid smoke and vapor soot and flame poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I were to change places with the Persian king. ~ Johann Joachim Becher - 1635 to 1682
We are storytelling animals and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives. - Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 Paleontologist
It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries which later appear so easy and simple. - Georg C. Lichtenberg 1742 to 1799 Physicist
The development of biology is going to destroy to some extent our traditional grounds for ethical belief and it is not easy to see what to put in their place. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 Molecular Biologist
Pure mathematics exist by themselves; no will produces them no power can limit them. They are eternal laws that no man can infringe and from which it is impossible to escape. ~ S. Sandaram Iyer 1883 - Philosopher
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